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Post by Firestarter » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:18 pm

In this post a collection of instrumental music.
Some are acknowledged “classics” by legendary Jazz artists. I also include some instrumentals that “serious” music experts don’t take seriously...

“Duke” is one of the most legendary Jazz artists who wrote more than 2000 songs in his 50-year-career.
Duke Ellington – Take the “A” train (written in 1939, probably this is the famous 1941 hit):

The white Miller was for a while one of the most popular bandleaders, with more commercial success than “black” big bands. Miller “disappeared” after he stepped on a plane in December 1944...
Glenn Miller – In the mood (1939):

Tommy Dorsey is maybe best known for recruiting the little known singer Frank Sinatra.
Tommy Dorsey – Opus #1 (1943):

Another legendary jazz artist that was at the forefront of just about all the major changes in jazz music from the 1940s to 1970s.
Miles Davis – So what (1959):

The house band of Stax played on more hits in the 1960s than any other musicians (except for the Motown house band)...
Booker T. & the MG’s - Green Onions (1962):

Jazz written by the Brazilian Antonio “Tom” Jobim (the inventor of Bossa Nova)...
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd – Desafinado (1962):

Quincy Jones was the producer for the best selling album of all-time (Michael Jackson’s Thriller); he produced numerous other artists (including Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis) and was also an accomplished artist himself.
Quincy Jones – Soul bossa nova (1962):

May is maybe best known as the arranger for Frank Sinatra.
Billy May – Theme from Mission impossible (1967?):

Hancock became famous when he worked with Miles Davis.
Herbie Hancock – Cantaloupe island (1964):

To me the following song is more familiar with lyrics song by Jocelyn Brown
Ronnie Laws and Pressure – Always there (1975):

The Netherlands has produced some internationally recognised jazz; the first hit single of the Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer was with Dave Stewart who is best known as part of the Eurythmics.
Candy Dulfer & Dave Stewart – Lily was here (1989):

Following are some famous instrumentals that were used in movies…

John Barry – James Bond theme (1962):

Henry Mancini – The pink panther theme (1963):

Ennio Morricone – Man with a harmonica - Death Rattle (1968):

The following song was the theme song for the 1969 TV series…
The Ventures – Hawaii five-o (1969):

Martin Hamlish – The entertainer (1973):

Walter Murphy – A fifth of Beethoven (1976):

Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F (1984):

Soul, Funk, Pop
Ray Charles (the Genius) has been credited with inventing “Soul”. His most famous songs feature his vocals and piano playing. He also made some instrumental “Jazz” albums.
This was a big hit in its own right – One mint julep (1961):

I’m not sure if what sounds like “wa, waah, waaah” in the following song is made by voice…
Dick Dale & the Del-tones – Miserlou (1962):

Santana became famous for their live performance at Woodstock, before they had ever released an album.
This was the time of the long “freak outs” – Soul sacrifice (1969):

Jimi Hendrix is arguably the most legendary guitar player in history. His legendary status was based in part on his live performances. He regularly played the American national anthem.
His most famous version is from Woodstock – Star spangled banner (1969):

I guess that this is “funk”…
Incredible Bongo Band - Apache (1972):

Barry White later became famous for his very LOW voice...
Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love’s Theme (1974):

From the Netherlands (a cover of Werner Thomas - Tchip tchip)…
De Electronica’s – De vogeltjesdans (1980):

The Dutch born Eddie van Halen became one of the most famous “metal” guitarists in 1978...
Van Halen - Eruption (1978):

Rush is the most famous Canadian “progressive rock” band.
Rush - YYZ (1981):

Trash metal pioneers Metallica; a tribute to the diseased Cliff Burton (towards the end there’s a short spoken section with lyrics from a poem by Burton).
Metallica – To live is to die (1988):

For most of the 1980s, the Peppers were possibly better known for appearing onstage wearing nothing but strategically placed socks than for their music. In 1991, they were the biggest “funk rock” band in the world. You might recognise the following “ditty” from Crazy Town’s one hit single.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Pretty little ditty (1989):

There are literally hundreds of names for types of “electronic dance music”; I use the name “House” for simplicity (maybe some of them have some distorted vocals?)…

Rene et Gaston – Vallee de l’armes (1993):

Atlantic Ocean – Waterfall (1994):

Spymaster & Eric Nouhan – Spontaneous (1996):

Robert Miles – Children (1996):

BBE – Seven days and one week (1998):
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Re: Recommended music

Post by notmartha » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:59 am

Good list, Firestarter.

Here's a social anthem that is just as applicable today as is was in 70's- "What About Me?" by the psychedelic/ garage band, Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Here are the lyrics:

You poisoned my sweet water.
You cut down my green trees.
The food you fed my children
Was the cause of their disease.
My world is slowly fallin' down
And the airs not good to breathe.
And those of us who care enough,
We have to do something.......
Oh... oh What you gonna do about me?
Oh... oh What you gonna do about me?
Your newspapers,
They just put you on.
They never tell you
The whole story.
They just put your
Young ideas down.
I was wonderin' could this be the end
Of your pride and glory?
I work in your factory.
I study in your schools.
I fill your penitentiaries.
And your military too!
And I feel the future trembling,
As the word is passed around.
"If you stand up for what you do believe,
Be prepared to be shot down."
And I feel like a stranger
In the land where I was born
And I live like an outlaw.
An' I'm always on the run...
An I'm always getting busted
And I got to take a stand....
I believe the revolution
Must be mighty close at hand...
I smoke marijuana
But I can't get behind your wars.
And most of what I do believe
Is against most of your laws
I'm a fugitive from injustice
But I'm goin' to be free.
Cause your rules and regulations
They don't do the thing for me
And I feel like a stranger
In the land where I was born
And I live just like an outlaw.
An' I'm always on the run.
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Re: Recommended music

Post by Firestarter » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:02 pm

notmartha wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:59 am
Good list, Firestarter.
The big advantage of instrumental music is that there is no controversy over lyrics.
The only music I consider myself an expert in is rap, but I don’t know if I’ll post too much rap songs here, as they often have “explicit” lyrics...

The following song almost made the first post with instrumental music, but there is some singing of the chorus “Pick up the pieces”. It’s surprising that a group of white Scotsmen could make such “funky” music.
Average White Band – Pick up the pieces (1974):

notmartha wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:59 am
Here's a social anthem that is just as applicable today as is was in 70's- "What About Me?" by the psychedelic/ garage band, Quicksilver Messenger Service.
That song reminds me not so much of psychedelic rock but more of the “soulful” music of the (white)
Doobie brothers – What a fool believes (1978):

“What a fool believes” was famously covered by the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, who died earlier this year. I’m not the only one who prefers her songs of the period 1967-1972 over her later work.
Aretha Franklin – Natural woman (1967):

You never guess who got most attention after Aretha died – Arianne Grande.
Arianne Grande was wearing a little dress that some people thought inappropriate for a memorial service.
The bishop who led Aretha Franklin's funeral was forced to apologise after he was pictured his hands all over her:

Following are some songs with “good” lyrics...

For me the following song is memorable for the bass line (courtesy of Anthony Jackson)!
O’Jays – For the love of money (1973) (album version 7 minutes):
Money money money money, money [Repeat]

Some people got to have it
Some people really need it
Listen to me why'all, do things, do things, do bad things with it
You want to do things, do things, do things, good things with it
Talk about cash money, money
Talk about cash money- dollar bills, why'all

For the love of money
People will steal from their mother
For the love of money
People will rob their own brother

Hollywood beyond – What's the color of money (1986):
What''s the colour of money?
Don''t tell me that you think it''s green
me I know it''s red!

Dull my senses
steal my pride
principles denied
Passion faked and sold to the anthem green and gold.

What was a useful tool
has taken our control?
It takes away your hearts and wraps it up around your soul.

Tracy Chapman – Talkin‘ bout a revolution (1988):
While they're standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in the unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Don't you know
They're talkin' bout a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
Don't you know
They're talkin' bout a revolution
It sounds like a whisper

Poor people gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people gonna rise up
And take what’s theirs

Before black music was called “Soul” it was labelled R&B (Rhythm & Blues). In the 1990s a “new” original name was found for the new soul artists that were heavily influenced by rap music – R&B.

The Young Disciples are also named as a Jazz group...
Young Disciples – Apparently nothin’ (1991):
A popularity of invasion
Handed down through centuries
A force of arms called gentle persuasion
What have we learned from history?

Apparently nothin'

Human worth is so inexpensive
Compared to gold, the root of most wars
Subtract the tears from countless offences
What is left but guns and scars

The song’s lyrics are a little similar to Elvis’ song below...
Akon – Ghetto (2004):
Ghetto, that's the life
When you're livin' in the (ghetto)
And eatin' in the (ghetto)
Oh, sleepin' in the (ghetto, ghetto)

No need to cherish luxuries
‘Cause everything come and go
Even the life that you have is borrowed
‘Cause you're not promised tomorrow
So live your life as if every day is gon' be your last

Rock, Metal
Maybe the “King” is the single most legendary pop artist in history...
Elvis Presley – In the ghetto (1969):
And his hunger burns
So he starts to roam the streets at night
And he learns how to steal, and he learns how to fight
In the ghetto (in the ghetto)

Then one night in desperation
A young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car
Tries to run, but he don't get far
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
Face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto (in the ghetto)

And as her young man dies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
Another little baby child is born
In the ghetto (in the ghetto)

One of the most legendary musicians of the 1960s and 1970s; Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the wind (1963):
Yes, 'n' how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?

Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind
"Blowin' in the Wind" has been recorded by hundreds of artists.
In 2004, it was ranked number 14 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time":

Genesis – Land of confusion (1986):
This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there's not much love to go round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

Poison said they wrote the following song in reponse to the murder of their bodyguard James Kimo Maano.
Poison – Something to believe in (1990):
Well I see him on the TV preachin' 'bout the promised lands
He tells me to believe in Jesus
And steals the money from my hands
Some say he was a good man
But Lord I think he sinned, yeah

Twenty-two years of mental tears
Cries a suicidal Vietnam vet
Who fought a losing war on a foreign shore
To find his country didn't want him back

Their bullets took his best friend in Saigon
Our lawyers took his wife and kids, no regrets
In a time I don't remember, in a war he can't forget
He cried "Forgive me for what I've done there
Cause I never meant the things I did"

And give me something to believe in if there's a Lord above
And give me something to believe in Oh, Lord arise

Metallica - Nothing else matters (1991):
Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us, something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters

Never cared for what they say
Never cared for games they play
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
And I know, yeah!

Live – Overcome (from their album V that was released on 18/11/’01):
even now the world is bleedin'
but feelin' just fine all numb
in our castle where we're always free
to choose never free enough
to find I wish somethin' would break
cause we're runnin' out of time

and I am overcome

System of a Down – PLUCK (1998):
Elimination; Die; Why walk down

A whole race, genocide
Taken away all of our pride
A whole race, genocide
Taken away
Watch them all fall down

The only solution
The armed response
Of an entire nation
Revolution, the only solution

We've taken all your shit
Now it's time for restitution

Recognition; Restoration; Reparation

System of a Down, with members of Armenian descend, dedicated PLUCK to the victims of the Armenian genocide: ... f=7&t=1107

I would like to dedicate it to the weapon manufacturers, politicians, soldiers, journalists, and especially to the UN, World Bank and IMF that support the starvation of Yemen: ... f=7&t=1146

Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The way it is (1986):
Standing in line, marking time
Waiting for the welfare dime
'Cause they can't buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old ladies' eyes
Just for fun he says, "get a job"

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
Ah, but don't you believe them

Said, hey little boy you can't go where the others go
'Cause you don't look like they do
Said, hey old man how can you stand
To think that way
Did you really think about it
Before you made the rules?

One of the biggest hip-hop stars in history. After his murder in 1996, he continued to have hit singles. Maybe the biggest posthumous hit by Tupac Shakur after he died was based on Bruce Hornsby’s song.
2Pac ft. Talent – Changes (1998):
Come on come on
I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself
Is life worth living should I blast myself?
I'm tired of bein' poor and even worse I'm black
My stomach hurts so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch

Cops give a damn about a negro
Pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero
Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares
One less hungry mouth on the welfare
First ship 'em dope and let 'em deal the brothers
Give 'em guns step back watch 'em kill each other

It's time to fight back that's what Huey said
Two shots in the dark now Huey's dead
I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere
Unless we share with each other
We gotta start makin' changes
Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers

And that's how it's supposed to be
How can the Devil take a brother if he's close to me?
I'd love to go back to when we played as kids
But things changed, and that's the way it is

That's just the way it is
Things will never be the same

Reportedly the first rap act that made quality albums...
Run-DMC – Wake up (1984):
Between all countries there were good releations
There finally was a meeting to united nations
And everybody had an occupation
Cause we all worked together to fight starvation

It was a dream [wake up]
Just a dream [wake up], [get up]

Everyone was treated on an equal basis
No matter what colors, religions or races
We weren't afraight to show our faces
It was cool to chill in foreign places

Ice T is widely considered one of the founders of Gangsta rap, following is his collaboration with the former front man of punk band the Dead Kennedys.
Ice T ft. Jello Biafra – Freedom of speech (1989):
Your opinion is yours, my opinion is mine
If you don't like what I'm sayin'? Fine
But don't close it, always keep an open mind
A man who fails to listen is blind
We only got one right left in the world today
Let me have it or throw The Constitution away

What they're trying to do with radio, with this, uh, McCarron-Walter
Act and a lot of other ways, is start by saying that they're
protecting the public from wicked rock bands, or girlie magazines, or
But, if you follow the chain of dominoes that falls down,
what they're really trying to do is shut off our access to information
If they can't do it by law they know there's other ways to do it.

Jadakiss ft Anthony Hamilton – Why? (2004):
All that I’ve been given
Is this pain that I’ve been living
They got me in the system
Why they gotta do me like that?
Tried to make it my way
But got sent up on the highway
Why? oh why
Why they gotta do me like that?

Why do niggas push pounds and powder?
Why did Bush knock down the towers?
Why you around them cowards?
Why Aaliyah have to take that flight?

When this song was released, Justin Timberlake was already a big star, and suddenly the Black Eyed Peas (and became famous after this became a big hit.
Black Eyed Peas ft. Justin Timberlake – Where is the love? (2003):
It just ain't the same, old ways have changed
New days are strange, is the world insane?
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong

Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gases fillin' lungs of little ones
With ongoing sufferin' as the youth die young

So ask yourself, is the lovin' really gone?
So I can ask myself, really, what is going wrong?

With this world that we livin' in, people keep on givin' in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother

A war is goin' on, but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, and swept under the rug
If you never know truth, then you never know love

Where's the love, y'all? (Come on, I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all? (Come on, I don't know)
And where's the love y'all?

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Will you practice what you preach?
And would you turn the other cheek?

Father, father, father, help us
Send some guidance from above
These people got me, got me questionin'

Where is the love? (love)
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Re: Recommended music

Post by notmartha » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:29 pm

These guys are amazing to watch, with their three lead guitars.

Wishbone Ash, "Warrior" 1972

I'm leaving to search for something new,
Leaving everything I ever knew.
A hundred years in the sunshine
Hasn't taught me all there is to know.

In the valley, we will gather there,
Helpless in our surrender.
Tomorrow the plow becomes the sword -
Make us stronger in our danger.

Time will pass away,
Time will guard our secret.
I'll return again
To fight another day.

I'd have to be a warrior -
A slave I couldn't be -
A soldier and a conqueror,
Fighting to be free.
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Re: Recommended music

Post by notmartha » Mon May 20, 2019 11:59 am

I think this is the only song I ever heard about the IMF...

"Call It Democracy" by Bruce Cockburn

Padded with power here they come
International loan sharks backed by the guns
Of market hungry military profiteers
Whose word is a swamp and whose brow is smeared
With the blood of the poor

Who rob life of its quality
Who render rage a necessity
By turning countries into labour camps
Modern slavers in drag as champions of freedom

Sinister cynical instrument
Who makes the gun into a sacrament
The only response to the deification
Of tyranny by so-called "developed" nations'
Idolatry of ideology

North south east west
Kill the best and buy the rest
It's just spend a buck to make a buck
You don't really give a flying fuck
About the people in misery

IMF dirty MF
Takes away everything it can get
Always making certain that there's one thing left
Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt

See the paid-off local bottom feeders
Passing themselves off as leaders
Kiss the ladies shake hands with the fellows
Open for business like a cheap bordello

And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy

See the loaded eyes of the children too
Trying to make the best of it the way kids do
One day you're going to rise from your habitual feast
To find yourself staring down the throat of the beast
They call the revolution

IMF dirty MF
Takes away everything it can get
Always making certain that there's one thing left
Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt
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Controversial songs

Post by Firestarter » Tue May 21, 2019 4:50 pm

In this post I bring some “controversial” songs. In most situations the controversy actually boosted sales.
In my opinion most of these songs are more strange, juvenile than anything else...

I´ll start with the first (?) rock and roll hit that reportedly started teenagers dancing in the cinema when it was played in the movie “Blackboard jungle”, sometimes smashing and breaking the seats. It was first released in 1954, but only became a big hit the following year.
Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock around the clock (1954):

Chuck Berry became even more controversial than Elvis Presley. The first time he was locked up in prison, he was supposedly framed.
Chuck Berry – School days (ring goes the bell) (1957):

Recently this song played a part in the computer animated bodycam video of the New Zealand false flag hoax: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=1581
It starts with the following.
I am the god of hellfire! And I bring you / Fire,
I'll take you to burn / Fire,
I'll take you to learn / Fire,
I'll see you burn
The Crazy world of Arthur Brown – Fire (1968):

This song was banned in South Africa after school children chanted the refrain (song by a choir of children in the song) as a rallying cry.
We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teacher! Leave us kids alone!
Pink Floyd – Another brick in the wall, part 2 (1979):

If I understand correctly, the following song wasn´t even banned (A Tribe Called Quest sampled it on “Can I kick it”)!
It´s about a transvestite, and contains the following lyrics.
Candy came from out on the island,
In the backroom she was everybody's darling,
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She says, hey baby, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
Lou Reed – Take a walk on the wild side (1972):

Another song about a transvestite, but a whole lot less explicit than Lou Reed´s big hit (it became a big hit again in the live version about 10 years later)...
It had the lyrics changed because it first referred to “Coca Cola” (changed to “cherry cola”).
Well I'm not the world's most masculine man
But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man
And so is Lola
Lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
The Kinks – Lola (1970):

On 4 March this year, Keith Flint died, who is best known for his performance in the following video. The song was banned in the UK for playing during the day because it frightened children...
The song starts with.
I'm the trouble starter, punkin' instigator
I'm the fear addicted, a danger illustrated
I'm a firestarter, twisted firestarter
The Prodigy – Firestarter (1996):

In my opinion the first big international hit of The Prodigy (at least in Europe) was a better song.
The Prodigy – Out of space (1992):

“Out of space” sampled in the chorus the following reggae song that starts with.
Lucifer son of the mourning, I'm gonna chase you out of earth!
I'm gonna put on a iron shirt, and chase Satan out of earth
I'm gonna put on a iron shirt, and chase the devil out of earth
I'm gonna send him to outa space, to find another race
Max Romeo - Chase the devil (1976):

The following song was written by Curtis Mayfield, and contains the following lyrics (Rod Stewart has gotten some bad publicity over recycling too much old songs).
There ain't no room
For the hopeless sinner
Whom would hurt all mankind
Just to save his own
Rod Stewart – People get ready, unplugged (1993):

The previous lyrics almost appear in Bob Marley – One love / People get ready (1977):

My favourite reggae artist is not Marley but another founder of the Wailers – Peter McIntosh...
Everyone is heading for the top
But tell me how far is it from the bottom
Nobody knows but everybody fighting to reach the top
How far is it from the bottom

I don't want no peace
I need equal rights and justice
Peter Tosh – Equal rights (1977):

To put all of these controversial songs, with claims that these type of shocking lyrics are a relatively new phenomenon, in perspective. The following Jazz song from 1930 refers to kicking “the gong around”.
She messed around with a bloke named Smokey
She loved him though was cokey
He took her down to Chinatown
And he showed her how to kick the gong around
Cab Calloway – Minnie the Moocher (first recorded in 1930):
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